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Siv Jakobsen’s splendid New York inspired track ‘Berry and Whythe’

Siv Jakobsen is a Norwegian indie singer/songwriter with soul for days. With her debut album due for release in less than a month now she teases it with a final track, ‘Berry and Whyte’. It’s the perfect song for this too, getting right the balance between warming guitar melodies and sadder lyrics. Siv Jakobsen has an incredible voice with so much depth and sincerity that when her heart aches inevitably so do everyone else’s. Her lyrics have this quality that make them feel as spoken word does, but with a homely quality.

Jakobsen says of the song: “This is written as a retrospective look on my time living in Brooklyn, New York. I lived on Metropolitan Avenue, between Berry Street and Whythe Street – and this song sort of transports me back to my months living there, in my tiny room in a shared apartment. Lyrically it speaks of leaving my time there behind, sort of burying it between Berry & Whythe, where I used to live, and wanting to leave it all there.”

Have a watch of previous release ‘Shallow Digger’ above. Give ‘Berry and Whythe’ a listen here on spotify. Look out for her debut album The Nordic Mellow later on in the month. Check out her UK tour dates below.

Wed Oct 4 – Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House
Thu Oct 5 – Bristol, The Lantern
Fri Oct 6 – Manchester, Band on The Wall
Sat Oct 7 – Liverpool, Buyers Club
Sun Oct 8 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Tue Oct 10 – Glasgow, CCA
Wed Oct 11 – Newcastle, Cluny 2
Thu Oct 12 – London, Cecil Sharp House

Featured Image: Jorgen Nordby
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